Lucca is a small city with a great history, that is magically preserved. The Roman city, the Medieval city, the Renaissance city, the nineteenth century city: traces of all of these may still be found here.
Over the centuries, the city has cultivated its unusual diversity mixed with contradictions. Ever jealous of its autonomy, Lucca was an independent city-state up to 1847, on the threshold of the unification of Italy. The city was traditionally close to the papacy, but in the mid-1500s it became one of the capitals of the Reformation (between 1542 and 1545, the city was home to Piero Martire Vermigli and Bernardo Ochino). It was proudly enclosed within its walls (which the Luccans bought back from the State) but, with its merchants and its silk, it remained active for centuries in the main European markets.Lucca has many beautiful attractions.
A walk through the centre of Lucca becomes an exciting voyage through the centuries, through history. The town is very famous all over the world for its 1500s walls. The ramparts, thirty meters wide at the base and still in their original state, cover over four kilometers. With their vegetation, they make a highly original public park from which it is possible to enjoy views of the city and the surrounding hills.
A trip to the Torre Guinigi is highly recommended. It offers a fabulous view; but it is also one of the city's symbols, if for no other reason then the trees planted on the top.
Along the same route , a visit should be made to the ninenteenth century Piazza Anfiteatro, built on the remains of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre.
Then, carry on to Giacomo Puccini’s house (now a museum), and further on, to Via del Battistero. This street is renowned world wide for its antique dealers.
The antique market on the third Sunday of every month is also famous. For thirty years, it has drawn innumerable antique lovers to the city's squares and streets.
In March 2009 Lucca was listed by Forbes as the second most idyllic places in Europe to live.
Where Lucca is
The town of Lucca from the hills
Lucca gardens and towers
The walls in Fall
View from the walls
Walking on the walls
Leisure on the walls
View from the walls
Piazza dell' Anfiteatro
Flower market at Anfiteatro square
San Martino Church
Antiques market at San Martino
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Piazza San Frediano
Torre dell' Orologio
Luigi Boccherini statue
San Michele square
San Michele detail
Old cab on the walls
San Salvatore square
Statue with fountain
1800s lion statue on the walls
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